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Homemade Granola Bars

Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means – bathing suit and shorts season. I’m betting we’re all suddenly a little more conscious of what we toss into our mouths. It’s no secret that My Baking Addiction is full of sugary goodness, but I do try to maintain healthy eating habits. Although I could certainly stand to lose some unwanted pounds, I try to eat in moderation.

I typically eat a healthy breakfast, followed by a reasonable lunch, but my downfall is about 3:30. It’s when I’ve finished the work day and am settling in to my evening routine of blogging, laundry and preparing dinner. It’s the time of the day when not only do I get a little crabby, but I also get a seemingly insatiable craving for ridiculously sweet items like soda, Nerds and Fruit Roll-Ups. Don’t judge me, I have a full on addiction to Fruit Roll-Ups, they’re my vice. I love them.

If you have read My Baking Addiction for any length of time, you may be aware that I am not all that into chocolate. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s simply not my favorite. I’m more of a fruity type of girl that has an affinity for all things sour and chewy.

Recently, I started hearing good things about dark chocolate on talk shows. Ya know, one of those days when the TV was “on”, but I wasn’t really watching. It piqued my interest, so I started doing more research. Did you know that studies indicate that dark chocolate can do some pretty awesome things like improve your mood, stimulate endorphin production and it’s a great source for antioxidants. I can certainly use an improvement in my mood from time to time!

With all of the benefits, it certainly doesn’t hurt to work a little dark chocolate into your diet or your baked goods. These homemade granola bars are full of delicious flavor and have some pretty healthy ingredients like wheat germ, cherries, almonds and of course, dark chocolate. They couldn’t be easier – everything is made in one bowl…bonus! And they are the perfect 3:00 pm pick me up or little surprise snack in the kiddos’ lunch.

Homemade Granola Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried sour cherries, chopped
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup slivered almonds

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla.

3. Mix well using your hands, add in cherries, chocolate chips and almonds. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden around the edges. Cool on wire rack for about 30 minutes before cutting. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting because they will crumble.

Notes:

- Store granola bars is airtight container for up to three days.
- Recipe adapted from allrecipes.

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Anu

Wednesday 27th of August 2014

Hi By rolled oats do you mean the quaker instant oats?

Jamie

Wednesday 27th of August 2014

Rolled oats are old-fashioned oats. I hope this helps!

-Jamie

iris

Thursday 22nd of August 2013

This look amazing, i just took them out of the oven, waiting for the cutting... i used canola oil instead of vegetable and seed instead of nuts and fruit... picky kids and nuts free school .... i can't wait to taste them i hope they don't crumble away like my previous ones :D thanks Iris

Jamie

Thursday 22nd of August 2013

Iris,

That's great to hear! Please come back and let us know how they turn out! Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for following MBA!

Jamie

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Monday 22nd of July 2013

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Jeremiah

Wednesday 1st of May 2013

I love these granola bars.

I've modified the recipe a little bit to be vegan. I swap the honey for agave, and the egg for 2 tbsp water, 1 tbsp veggie oil, and 2 tsp baking powder. And I make sure to get milk free dark chocolate chips. They turn out great.

Also, one time I was out of wheat germ, so I used 1/2 cup of rolled oats ground up in the blender. The taste was slightly different than the original recipe, but still very good.

Suzan

Tuesday 23rd of April 2013

I have made these countless times since I discovered the recipe maybe 5 months ago. I have taken them everywhere from school staff lounge to volleyball games. They are always a hit and they are just delicious and healthy. Thank you so much for the recipe! It is also very forgiving and easily adaptable to whatever diet. I made them as written-delicious. I have also made them gluten free for friends by replacing with whatever I had on hand-ground flax seed. I have added different nuts depending on what I had on hand. I was hungry for peanut flavor so I added a bit to it once. The list goes on. THANK YOU for sharing! My daughter has even converted one of her classmates to eating my bars rather than store bought and she is in 8th! Yay!

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